Back in 1993, the Orlando Magic rocketed from their slotted #11 position to the first overall pick in the draft thanks to the NBA’s ping-pong ball lottery system.

Last night, the 76ers were not fortunate enough to see that Draft Lottery miracle repeated 20 years later.  As you know by now, the Sixers officially own the #11 pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, which is exactly where the odds said they would end up.  The tie shunning Joshua Harris seemed about as thrilled as everyone else in Philadunkia nation with the outcome.

“We had a small probability of being super happy and a small probability of being slightly sad.  We’re neither.  We’re right where we were expected to be,” a weary and somewhat disheveled looking Harris commented.

To be honest, it’s not the most exciting draft position to be in, but after the jump, we’ll take a look at some facts about and ideas for the 11th pick in the 2013 NBA Draft.


Here’s is a look at the last 10 years worth of players selected at #11:

’12:  Meyers Leonard

’11:  Klay Thompson

’10:  Cole Aldrich

’09:  Terrence Williams

’08:  Jerryd Bayless

’07:  Acie Law

’06:  JJ Redick

’05:  Fran Vasquez

’04:  Andris Biedrins

’03:  Mickael Pietrus

’02:  Jared Jefferies

That’s not exactly a list of future Basketball Hall of Fame members.  However there were a couple of solid NBA players chosen in those 10 years, so the Sixers need to come home with nothing less than that on Draft night.


Here’s a look at who the various NBA Draft experts are projecting the Sixers will select at #11:

HoopsHype:  Kelly Olnyk (C; 7-0 & 225; Gonzaga)

nbadraft.net:  Kelly Olnyk

SI.com:  Kelly Olnyk

Draftexpress.com:  Cody Zeller (PF/C; 7-0 & 230; Indiana)

ESPN.com:  Cody Zeller

NBA.com:  Mason Plumlee (PF; 6-11 & 245; Duke)


Quotes from Josh Harris:

  • “It’s an important decision,” Harris said of finding the Sixers next head coach.  “If you get the right coach really fast, that’s better.  But at the end of the day, you want the right coach.  We’re not putting a deadline on it.  It doesn’t work to your advantage because the reality is we have a lot of talented coaches on the staff right now.  Some of them have been head coaches, so we’re trying to get the right coach, not to get a coach quickly.”
  • “I don’t want to comment on Bynum specifically, but it’s all interrelated,” Harris said.  “Over the next weeks and months we’re going to get more articulate about our strategy.  Sam has been here for a week and he’ll be speaking about our basketball strategy.  It’s all interrelated.  All of this stuff has to be focused on building a winner.  Every decision you make has multiple affects on every other decision.”

Here’s a Video of Sixers managing owner Josh Harris following last night’s Draft Lottery where the 7-6 officially secured 11th overall pick.  Doesn’t this guy have enough money that he can afford to take some media training classes?  Maybe Molly Sullivan could help Josh out.

Dei Lynam of csnphilly.com also posted this video interview with Harris.


Philadunkia Notes:

  • The No. 11 draft pick is slotted to make roughly $1,930,000 in year one.
  • Five Eastern Conference teams (CLE; WAS; ORL; CHA; DET) draft ahead of the Sixers in 2013.  However, no Atlantic Division squad picks before the 7-6, so we have that going for us – which is nice.
  • With the Kings now staying in Sacto, rumors are all over the various NBA sites and on Twitter that the organization is looking to move Demarcus Cousins.  Would you trade the #11 pick to the Kings for Cousins?  Would you throw in Evan Turner if they asked for him as well?
  • According to Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN), The Cavaliers have $20 million in cap space, 2 first round picks (No. 19, No. 31), as well as the No. 33 and interest in improving fast, so they will investigate trade options with No. 1 pick.  Is there a package the Sixers could assemble to move into the #1 spot?
  • In addition to the 11th pick, the Sixers also hold the rights to the 35th and 42nd picks in this June’s draft.


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